Sam Raimi Offered Oz Prequel

Spiderman director Sam Raimi has reportedly been offered the directing chair for Disney’s Wizard of Oz prequel – Oz, the Great and Powerful. According to Vulture Raimi was offered to helm the project last week and hadn’t officially signed on – yet. But now Deadline has confirmed that the man himself has signed onto the project. Other such directors that were rumoured to be helming the project included the likes of Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. is expected to take the title role of the wizard of Oz, in the story of how he came to arrive in the Land of Oz and eventually become the ruler of the Emerald City.

 OZ fever seems to be hitting Hollywood at the moment with several Oz orientated films being made at the moment, including a Disney reboot which is being directed by Drew Barrymore – called Surrender Dorothy. Plus Warner’s Oz from the writer of Shrek Forever After; which is set to be CGI and give a darker look at Josh Olsen’s original books.

 Currently Raimi is working on a film adaption of the computer game World of War craft, and is surely going to be offered the directors chair in the place of Guillermo Del Toro for The Hobbit (only a guess). So it could be a while before we hear of anything. As always, stay tuned for more info as we get it.


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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974


I rented The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for New Years to ensure a good scare but really all I got was a bunch of teenagers being smacked around with a obviously ineffective Chainsaw – their wasn’t even any blood – I mean come on!

The so called “Movie that changed peoples lives” is nothing more than an over glorified piece of cinema trash, and as it has been said for much of its genre “it has more of  a bark then a bite”  but then again if you look back to 1974 it would have scared the pants of any cinema goer but sadly it has no such effect now days. For a movie thirty six years old to date it does have some good structural points but allot of the movie is wasted in long and if not over dramatic chase scenes. Though where TCM seems to lose some merits it regains in some of the bizarre scenarios that gives you the feeling that you won’t sleep quiet so happily, for example the dinner scene where sally is served as finger food to Leather Faces Grandad and then clonked on the head by the old bugger – I mean that plays hell on your brain! Some people think that less is more, and I am one of those people but I serisouley think that people should get a mental check if they think that it is “The Best Horror movie ever”.

Overall TCM isn’t bad for Tobe Hooper’s first go at the movie making bussiness and is definatly worth a watch but don’t be expect shock and Awe. Although it doesn’t have life changing efects on me I must say that for its age it has matured greatly and yes I will be delicate as to who I offened.

The Verdict:

The Lovely Bones

Saoirse Ronan_Susie Salmon

My name is Salmon, like the fish. First name, Susie. I was fourteen years old when I was murdered on December 6th, 1973. I wasn’t gone. I was alive in my own perfect world. But in my heart, I knew it wasn’t perfect. My murderer still haunted me. My father had the pieces but he couldn’t make them fit. I waited for justice but justice did not come. – Susie Salmon

A deeply disturbing movie from the start, I don’t think that I will easily forget this movie – which on some levels means that it did what any good movie supposed to do. Nothing can prepare you for this deeply moving story.

Even now whenever I think of The Lovely Bones I still get the shivers, which is incredibly rare for me. The Lovely Bones is a mix jumble of  family drama, first love, anger and Revenge which all gets lost in translation around the ‘In-Between’, Jackson can’t seem to settle on any one them which starts to get a little mentally suffocating. The Lovely Bones is another example of one of those movies that never quite lived up to its full potential but never the less among all the confusing story hooks there is some genuine emotion which does have tremendous impact on even the hardest of people.

Of all people, Peter Jackson knows the best that shaping a movie from a best seller is fishy business ( The Lord Of The Rings) and that it can go either way but in all truthfulness The Lovely Bones seems to stay in the middle. The Special effect s are average, the acting is excellent and the feeling you get after watching the Lovely Bones is something amazing. All I can say in conclusion is that this is not a movie to be taken lightly, whether you like it is your decision.

The Verdict:

Star Trek (2009)


J J Abrams must have some serious balls to take on the Gas Giant that is Star Trek, 1o feature films, more than 700 episodes, shit loads of  comics and hundreds of Fans. Some directors every now and then take a leap of faith and sometimes it pays off (Peter Jackson and Lord Of The Rings) and then sometimes it doesn’t, but despite the weight of every one’s expectations Abrams managed to pull it off spectacularly. Star Trek is an excellent blend of character development and action, the visual effects are amazing on big screen and would have been amazing in 3-D. Star Treks visual effects would have definitely won a few awards hadn’t Avatar blown it out of the water.


One thing that could have set back the film could have been the casting, but Kirk and Spock’s shoes were filled well with Zachary Quinto’s Spock being the highlight. Also the appearance of Leonard Nimoy as future Spock was a delight. I think that Abram’s Star Trek did the franchise proud, and I look forward to seeing future sequels.

The verdict:


The Ugly Truth

The Ugly Truth

To be honest this so called “Comedy Romance” is on of the worst movie produced this year apart from The Land of the Lost. Whats supposed to be raunchy and ballsy is just plain offensive and perverted, I am a guy myself and I don’t always think the way they imply all men do. Whats supposed to be funny is just mild and boring. The story is just as predictable as Katherine Heigil’s acting, just plain crap.

Im not the only one who thinks so, Rolling Stones Peter Traves said “Toss this ugly-ass crap to the curb, along with the other multiplex garbage, and see a romance that gets it right. I’m talking (500) Days of Summer.” Well that’s just right.I wouldn’t bother buying/renting it because the ugly truth is that this movie is a load of rubbish.

The Verdict: Very poor

Blade Runner


Blade Runner (1982), Ridley Scott’s follow up to Aliens(1979) is regarded as one of the most popular and influential Science Fiction movies of all time. All though at it’s time of release it was a Box office failure and received bad marks from Critics having to go up against Steven Spielberg’s ET: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)  in the same year. The Academy gave it two Award nominations without any Oscars, in 2007 the American Film Institute named Bladerunner the 97th greatest American film ever produced. Also in 2008 AFI also placed Bladerunner sixth in the Top 10 of the Science Fiction Genre, going up against films such as Alien (1979), ET (1982), Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey.

Blade Runner is a Futuristic Sci-Fi Detective Thriller about the retired ex Police/Bounty hunter Rick Deckard, who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment. Deckard’s mission is to search for rouge replicants ( A replicant is a bio-engineered or bio-robotic being) that escaped from an off world colony in a violent uprising. Their mission is to find their creator and prolong their short four year life span (they only live for four years to keep them from evolving and getting emotions).

Bladerunner has some of the best visuals of its time , the main man behind the visuals is Artist Syd Mead who was inspired by Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey, Mead was also  production designer for the visually stunning TRON (1982), which is als0 considered one of the greatest Sci Fis of all time. Bladerunner is loosely based around the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which tells the story of Deckard who is living in a post apocalyptic world after most of the worlds population was killed in World War Terminus which wiped out most of the animals and Earth, Deckard’s faced with retiring 6 Nexus-5 Androids that have escaped from an off world planet. Although Titled “Bladerunner”, Ridley Scott’s Adaptation has little to do with the Alan E. Norse novel with the same title. From production to release, Blade Runner was ahead of its time, visual, idyllically and mentally. 

An enduring classic that has conquered such films as George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise, Blade Runner is hands down one of the best films in existence.

The Verdict: Excellent


Inglourious Basterds (2009)



Well that was one hell of a movie, laughs, action, violence it’s all there. The first time I watched it I wasn’t all that interested and to be fair the first 2o minutes seems a good ten minutes to long but after watching it again on DVD and really paying attention I find that I really enjoyed Tarantino’s re-imagining  – Regardless of subtitles. 

The film follows a group of  tough Jewish special ops called The Basterds who are deployed behind enemy lines during an alternate World War II and set about scalping every Nazi they can find in order to provoke fear in the Nazi Third Reich before the main invasion. The Basterds cross paths with a French-Jewish girl whose family was murdered by the SS and seeks revenge on the one they call “The Jew hunter”.

Tarintino, completely ignorant of history knows how to hitch humour and violence together like no other. An Excellent performance from Brad Pitt as the Nazi Scalp crazed LT Aldo Raine and even greater from Christoph Waltz as the evil and yet strangely amusing Col. Hans Landa aka The Jew Hunter something about him gives you the feeling he enjoys what he does which is quite disturbing when you think about it, and that’s something that Quentin Tarantino does best in his films. They may be gory, they may be offensive and they may be crude but hell they’re one hell of a ride. The soundtrack was great, the spaghetti westerns certainly contributed allot this soundtrack and of course David Bowie’sCat People”was recognisable. A bit of R&B which was great in the action scenes, the rustic sound really gave the esthetic some edge.

My Score:Good





Avatar (2009)

Colonel Miles Quaritch - Stephen Lang 

 One thing that worried me about Avatar was the prolific use of CGI, and how Cameron was willing to solely rely on the use of CGI for 90% of the films make up and characters. But luckily the 15 year wait was enough for now day’s technology to be able to support such as rich and intense idea. Cameron wrote ‘AVATAR’ in the 90’s, but was unable to produce it because of the lack of CGI technology and almost 15 years later his vision has hit the screens with the full force of “Titanic”.  

Avatar is three hours long which is quite long for any movie these days, some people seem to think that it starts to get a little boring around the middle section but really every minute of the movie should keep you as intrigued as the first five minutes – I certainly enjoyed every second. Like director Michael Bay, Cameron likes to blow shit up and to be honest its justifiable as the action scenes (which is practically every scene) get bigger and better by the minute.

There are some great performances  –  from Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver, Worthington as  the stories main protagonist Jake Skully and Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine, a botanist who mentors Jake. What astounded me the most was the likeness of each actors Na’vi counterpart, especially Weavers which was almost of exact likeness (except age), Cameron must have had a great time bringing it all together having created some of the Tech himself.

One thing that critics are saying is that the soundtrack wasn’t very good, I quite like the chimes and magical feel that the soundtrack incorporates but to be honest I have no interest in the New Zealand critics they’re all a bunch of stuck up movie snobs who compare everything to LoTR.

As far as awards go Avatar will surely take it out for best visuals, not even the likes of Transformers could compete. Overall a great movie, a few plot holes but nothing major, if you haven’t seen it then make sure you do. Best seen on the big screen so don’t miss out, not sure how it will fare with a DVD release but happy day.

The Verdict:

Terminator Salvation

terminator-salvation-christian-bale In the year 2018 after the self aware program Skynet has destroyed much of the human race in a  nuclear extermination a group of survivors lead by John Connor struggle to keep the machines from diminishing the remainder of humans left. With the help of a half human half Terminator they infiltrate the machine Citadel to rescue John Connors father (Kyle Reese) and attempt to free the human prisoners and destroy the machine factory.

First of all Terminator Salvation was a huge step up from last time an one things for sure director McG likes to blow shit up, and with stunning visuals and amazing CGI give the greatest feeling that the series is starting to pick itself up again from Jonathan Mostows dreadful Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

 Fresh from the set of Jame’s Cameron’s Avatar actor Sam Worthington brings an amazing feel to an already action rich cast including Batman’s Christian bale who has signed on to star in two more movies to come. Although the great actor Christain Bale is i am starting to feel as some people In have read also seem to think is that Bales preformance across the board is a little flat and emotionless. Also I have noticed the amount of shouting he has done in both Batman and Terminator 4.

Regrdless of the acting, Termantor Salvation is a must see for diehard fans and action lovers. I give it out of 5:

3 1/2 stars.

2012 – pleasantly surprised

Chiwetel Ejiofor

 I contradicted myself going to see 2012 in cinemas, I said that I wouldn’t because I thought it was basically another The Day After Tomorrow(which by the way crashed and burned). But BOY was I pleasantly surprised, apart from the WAY over dramatic destruction scenes and the impossible escapes made by John Cusack in a frekin’ Limo.

The story line and developement was standard end of the world material, but excellent performances from Danny Glover as The President of the United States and from Chitewel Ejiofor as Adrain Helmsley. Also some great acting from Thandie Newton on her part, which made it WAY better than The Day After Tommorow.

If you are a sceptic (and Im not), and you truly believe this is a vision of whats  to come then I look foward to 2012!

The Verdict: